Hazel is a problem

I heard an article on the radio earlier this week about a group of people who every year, in January, go out in the countryside and monitor how many wild flowers they can find. I have been thinking about that since I took a long car journey last Sunday and noticed that the catkins were abundant in the trees.

Catkins or ‘lamb’s tails’ are usually one of the first signs of spring but there they are in January hanging in the sunshine. It only takes a little warmth for them to burst into life and to spread their pollen on the wind. As soon as we have some warm sunshine, nature recognises the warmth and responds with a release of pollen – as it should do.

I have been asked over the last week – ‘This feels like hay fever but it’s only January … what do you think?’ Well my answer is Hazel is the problem. Although it is ‘only January’ if you look closely you will see the tips of the spring bulbs poking through the ground and the catkins on the trees – all getting ready and making sure they are there for the spring warmth. For those sensitive to pollen from Spring flowers and shrubs this can mean itchy eyes, running nose and headaches.

So you aren’t imagining it – you can get hay fever in Spring or even at the end of Winter.

Rather than take anti-histamine, desensitise with kinesiology

Helping people is a joy – helping children is a passion!

I’m looking forward to another day at the Practice – my last client yesterday evening was a seven year old girl who had been waking with quite severe stomach aches every morning for quite a few months.

I worked with her mother as a surrogate until she felt comfortable with me and I had won her trust. I am always mindful that sometimes children who come to see me have been examined quite a lot and have had quite a few experiences of medical environments and I want them to have a good experience with me.  My wish is that they feel safe, comfortable and respected.

The last but one session, this little girl exclaimed that she was getting up on the couch this time! How wonderful, I always feel so honoured that a child will trust me and I work hard to respect that trust and build a good relationship with them.

Once children and I get to work, we have fun with kinesiology and I love it when they giggle in response to their body showing me, through muscle testing, what it is they need.

After only four sessions, this little girl is now waking up without stomach aches and is happy.  I did ‘energy work’ and it has required some dietary changes but I find that most children are really open to changing their diet if they get the benefit of a reduction of discomfort – they really get it!

I love knowing that she woke up this morning without a stomach ache and bounced into school, happy and smiling.

Highest pollen count ever – there is no cure – wrong!

Pollen from a variety of common plants: sunflo...
Pollen from a variety of common plants: sunflower (Helianthus annuus), morning glory Ipomoea purpurea, hollyhock (Sildalcea malviflora), lily (Lilium auratum), primrose (Oenothera fruticosa) and castor bean (Ricinus communis). The image is magnified some x500, so the bean shaped grain in the bottom left corner is about 50 μm long. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I watched BBC Breakfast this morning with great interest and lots of frustration.  It featured a small boy playing football in his garden with his mum – both of whom suffer with hay fever.  The mother was interviewed back inside her home and showed how she was using an inhaler and anti-histamine to prevent coughing.  She also had very red, inflamed and itching arms after ‘just being in her garden’.

At the end of the article the report exclaimed emphatically – “there is no cure for hay fever”.   “That’s so wrong” I cried.

It’s so wrong on two counts.  One it’s wrong because no one needs to suffer with hay fever so my exclamation came from a knowledge that I can help those sufferers and two, because there is a ‘cure’.  My frustration is that I know not everyone will take what I say on board and come to see me to get it sorted out.

I spoke to two people on Saturday – both suffering badly – but neither sounded like they would actually call me, they were both going to take another anti-histamine in the hope it would stop the agony.  I absolutely respect their choice and I know what I do seems strange to some people.

What I don’t understand is if they are suffering that much why wouldn’t they give it a try.

I offer a 60 day money back guarantee on products -no quibble!  Try taking your empty packet of anti-histamine back to the chemist and asking for a refund.

Why is the pollen count so high?

Most people are aware by now that we have had the coldest Spring in many, many years and the result of that is that rather than a staged pollen release of trees, grass and then weeds and flowers which happens naturally – the sudden burst of warm weather after such a cold Spring meant that everything released it’s pollen at the same time!  There was so much pollen in the air that hay fever sufferers found that they had to take more medication or that the medication just wasn’t working any more.

Pollen is released when the temperature gets to around 15 degrees but really gets going at 17 degrees.  The pollen levels usually affect people early in the morning and late in the day because in the middle of the day the warm air currents keep the pollen ‘above nose level’ .  When it is really windy those air currents distribute the pollen at lower levels.

Bee PollenWhilst taking Bee Pollen is not a ‘cure’, in that it will not stop you being susceptible to hay fever when you don’t take it – it will stop it if you take it when you do.  But you could say that about any medication couldn’t you?  So the use of the word ‘cure’ is interesting.

What is a ‘cure’ exactly?

Collings English Dictionary has several definitions:

1 to get rid of (an ailment, fault, or problem); heal

2 to restore to health or good condition

8 any course of medical therapy, esp one proved effective in combating a disease 9 a means of restoring health or improving a condition, situation, etc

Based on this definition, I’d say you could describe a solution to hay fever as a cure couldn’t you?

Whether to take anti-histamine or steroids is, of course, a personal choice.  Having been a hay fever sufferer (allergies and eczema very often go together), my personal choice was not to.

Histamine is the chemical which your body releases to try to combat the exposure to the allergen – it is your immune system responding to protect you – so logically why would I want to supress that if there was another way? It is the histamine which causes the itching, sneezing and inflammation. Anti-histamine does stop the symptom, it supresses the immune response.  However, over time, people find they need to take more and more anti-histamine as the body tries to fight back to restore the immune system.

Texas Aloe Plantation
Texas Aloe Plantation

Another way of balancing the immune system is by drinking aloe vera juice. It restores the immune system to normal levels and is very effective in reducing inflammation in all areas of the body and so can be very helpful with hay fever. You can find out more about aloe vera here.

The therapy of Kinesiology uses a strategy which is to strengthen the immune system and to de-sensitise the body’s energy system to the allergen so that the histamine isn’t released.  When the body no longer perceives the allergen as a threat, it doesn’t release the histamine.  All you have to do is find the allergen.  That sounds difficult? – it really isn’t if you know how – and yes, you guessed it, I know how.  If you don’t know exactly what you are allergic to, it’s not a problem.  I have over 500 potential allergens in my test kit – and if your allergen isn’t in there, we have other ways of finding it.  In 99.9% of cases, the process only has to be done once.

You can find the pollen count in your area with a really helpful page on the Met Office website, it’s sponsored by Benadryl (a product I don’t support) but it has really good information.

If you would like to have a chat about how I can help you so that you don’t have to keep your fingers crossed for a sneeze free Summer then please contact me.

May be there is a ‘cure’ for you after all?

The Bee’s Knees

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There are two types of pollen, which is the plant’s male seed.  One form is light and is blown by the wind to other plants.  The other, is the heavy sticky pollen which sticks to insects and is gathered by bees on their legs for food – hence the customary expression ‘The Bee’s Knees’ meaning ‘the very best’.

Forever owns some of the world’s largest beehive resources in pollution-low environments and uses state-of-the art patented equipment to gather and preserve the ingredients, in conditions as nature intended.  Forever Bee Pollen is made without the addition of flavourings, artificial colourings or preservatives.  Honey is used to bind the grains together to form tablets.

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Once known as Ambrosia, bee pollen was ‘the food of the gods’ because it is virtually the perfect food substance.  It is thought that man, with enough water and fibre, could live on bee pollen alone.  Bee pollen contains more nutrients per calories than any other nutritional supplement.

USES

Multi-vitamin and Multi-mineral Supplement

Reduction of stress: the extraordinary presence of B vitamins in pollen builds up our defence shield.

Hay fever Prevention and Relief: one of the main reasons to take bee pollen is that it can prevent or reduce the symptoms of hay fever.  Bee Pollen conditions the individual and can modify an allergic or hypersensitive immune response when the pollen count is high.  Dr Peter Atherton recommends 2-6 tablets a day, taken regularly from April – June, before the anticipated onset of symptoms.  Once the pollen count is high, he recommends that the dose be increased to 3-12 tablets per day.

Fantastic Source of Antioxidants: these are necessary to help fight the damaging effects of free radicals, which can be responsible for minor to serious conditions, including cancer.  As well as containing the antioxidants vitamins A, C and E and selenium, zinc and iron; bee pollen is one of the best sources of antioxidant bioflavonoids.  Reducing antioxidants increases longevity and reduces aging and wrinkling.

Increase in Strength, Energy and Stamina: bee pollen can be valuable for anyone who needs extra energy in special circumstances – during long meetings, in exams, etc – and can be extremely helpful for serious athletes.  In fact, bee pollen is regularly consumed by Olympic athletes.

It provides a quicker recovery from exercise, returns the heart rate to normal and increases muscle growth and definition.  The British Sports Council recorded increases in strength by as high as 40 to 50 per cent in those taking bee pollen regularly.  Even more astounding, the British Royal Society has reported height increases in adults who take bee pollen.  Antti Lananaki, coach of the Finnish track team that swept the Olympics in 1972, revealed, “Most of our athletes take pollen food supplements.  Our studies show it significantly improves their performance.  There have been no negative results since we have been supplying pollen to our athletes.”  (Source: Superfoods, David Wolfe)

Prostate Health: evidence supports improvement in prostate health.  Bee pollen is able to antagonise the effect of the hormone dihydrotesterone which is a factor in developing the enlargement of the prostate.  Bee pollen is a potent aphrodisiac and has fertility-improving properties.

ANIMAL HEALTH  

Convalescing Animals: bee pollen is readily absorbed from the digestive system into the blood, boosting blood sugar levels, which makes it very useful for convalescing animals.

Allergic skin conditions in dogs.  Dr David Urch recommends starting the dog on the bee pollen tablets in the winter months before the allergy develops, an average 30kg dog needing one tablet twice a day.  In chronic cases, the dog should stay on bee pollen permanently.

COMPOSITION

35% Protein – half of this is in the form of 22 amino acids, including all eight ‘essential’ amino acids which the body cannot manufacture for itself.
40% Carbohydrate
5% Fats
3% Minerals – including calcium and phosphorus in an almost perfect 1:1 ratio as well as zinc, selenium and iron.
Remaining 17% – vitamins, trace elements, enzymes and hormones – this includes all the vitamins of the B-complex and vitamin C (water soluble and so need to be taken daily). Bee pollen also contains vitamins D, E, K and beta-carotene (precursor to vitamin A).

IMPORTANT TEST DOSE

Forever advises that a test dose of 1/4 tablet is taken before trying a whole tablet, in case anyone or any animal does have a reaction to the pollen itself.

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VALUE FOR MONEY

Forever Bee Pollen (code: 26) retails at £12.56 for 100 tablets.

If you wish to purchase bee pollen click here

Update on products free of colours associated with hyperactivity

It is possible to desensitise a child who is allergic to food colours (see earlier post) but if you are following an exclusion diet then it’s helpful to know that The Foods Standards Agency has updated its list of product ranges that do not contain the six food colours associated with possible hyperactivity in young children.

Another two manufacturers producing product lines free of the colours have been added to the list, they are: J & I Smith (Bakers), and Groovy Foods Company… [read article]

 

Is your child hyperactive?

Hyperactivity in children can be caused by some food colourings.  Southampton University, in a Food Standards Agency funded research program, identified six key colourings.  Some companies have committed to eliminate these colourings from their foods or have never used them. (See the FSA article.) The advice is to avoid the colourings and to read all labels.

I have these E numbers in my food additives test phials and am able to identify if you or your child is allergic to the colourings AND with kinesiology can desensitise them, eliminating the need to read labels – Aren’t you busy enough!  Please get in touch if you would like more information.

http://www.food.gov.uk/news/newsarchive/2012/jan/colours